Viewing Poblacion Bokod from the Deck

When you travel to the North towards Mt. Pulag, Daklan Sulfur Spring or to the Municipality of Kabayan, you will pass by Barangay Poblacion of the Municipality of Bokod, Benguet Province. You can see its bird’s eye view on a View Deck uphill, named Bokod View Deck.

But, the view there is not just a sight for the people living in Bokod. It symbolizes resiliency and hard work after the 1990 Killer Earthquake.

The Story

Before the 1990 Earthquake, the area shown in the picture above was purely rice fields. Not a single residential structure was built there. They just built their residential houses after.

The earthquake actually caused massive erosion on the mountains around the place. And when the typhoons came, it washed out the soils and brought it all the way to the residential areas below. They experience mud flow everywhere like there was a volcanic eruption somewhere.

When they noticed that their rice field areas were not affected, they decided to construct their homes there as a relocation site for them. They now called their new home “Bagong Barrio”.

On the Ground

Today, they lived beside their farm, with irrigation canals and all but with some fruit-bearing trees now.

Others plant seasonal vegetables such as Cauliflower today, Tomatoes Tomorrow while Rice is maintained in some.

What’s New?

On the far end of Bagong Barrio is an area called “Damojak” wherein you can find a Swimming pool. You can refresh yourself there, maybe on your return trip after visiting Mount Pulag or Daklan Sulfur Spring any time of the day upon payment of regular fees.

Explore more! See you there! 🙂

Catos – Delmas Nuptial

On December 22, 2018, I attended the awaited wedding of my cousin Faye Delmas at Boneco (Before Binga), Itogon, Benguet. She exchanged wedding vows with Mr. Ceasar Catos.

They used Gold as their wedding’s motif and utilized their yard for their Garden Wedding.

Aside from the yard for the wedding rites, there is a separate Dining Area for the Sponsors Downstairs as shown in the next Picture:

Of course the wedding Cake forms part of the highlight. Here’s my Cellphone shot of it:

Congrats on your Wedding! May you continue to find those that makes you happy! Again, Congratulations, Best Wishes and God Bless!

The Mansion House in Baguio City

One of the places frequently visited when in Baguio City is the Mansion house-the home of the President of the Republic of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

I was given an opportunity to enter this house and see some things inside.

History

Accordingly, the Mansion House was constructed on 1908. It was used to be the Summer Residence of American Governors-General. Destroyed in 1945 during the war for Liberation but immediately restored in 1947.

The Mansion also served as venue of World Leaders meeting such as the Economic Commission of Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) in 1947, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1948, and South East Asia Union (SEAU) in 1950.

The main road view from Inside of the House

Inside

I entered the Mansion House for the first time during the Cordillera RDC meeting. Its ambiance is Classic. The original form is preserved and it has a wide area for meetings. Of course, portraits of the Presidents of the Philippine Republic is displayed all around.

The Mansion House is indeed a historical place to visit. It keeps parts of the History of the Philippines.

LTMEA on Christmas Day 2018

After my task in yesterday’s Provincial Capitol Performances, I was today’s Master of Ceremony with Ms. Claudette Krayle Palayo in the La Trinidad Municipal Employees Association (LTMEA) Year-end Evaluation and Team Building Activity. It’s part of my Job as a Public Relations Officer of the Association.

The program started with a Eucharistic Celebration then followed by the main program of Team Building Activities which includes Group Performances of Talented Employees in the Local Government Unit. This is part of building camaraderie among office mates as everyone was assigned a role to perform in today’s activity.

The Performers:

1. Office of the Sangguniang Bayan

2. Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office

3. Municipal Health Services Office

4. Municipal Planning & Development Office

5. Municipal Treasurer’s Office

6. Municipal Assessor’s Office

7. Municipal Budget Office, Legal Services Office & BAC Combined

8. Mayor’s Office

9. Municipal Accounting Office

10. Municipal Engineering Office (Best Performers)

11. Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (Best Performers)

Raffle Draws

There were also raffle draws. A LED TV as the first price, Two Washing Machines given to two individuals, a cooking set, Gas Stoves, four – Half Cavan Rice, Cellphones, Radios, a table Furniture, and Blankets.

Parlor Games

This has been another LTMEA Activity planned and implemented for all the employees. Thank you very much for the donors and we had another great one this year.

I hope everyone enjoyed the program with me and Claudette there hosting.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas at the Benguet Provincial Capitol

I was lucky to be assigned by my Superiors to Attend the Benguet Capitol Employees Christmas Celebration today and serve as a member of the team to determine the Best in various categories of the Performances that was Presented.

Their Celebration was simple but well participated. There were 21 groups who displayed their skills in acting, dancing, and singing that lasted the whole day today. Each of them is assigned with a theme based from a Movie. I was not able to photograph some but here are most of them.

1. Mulan

2. Inside Out

3. Wreck it Ralph

4. The Untold Christmas Story

5. Moana

6. Black Panther

7. Ang Panday

8. Alvin and the Chipmunks

9. Miss Granny

10. The Good Samaritan

11. Iskul Bukol

12. Mama Mia

13. Lampitok

14. Disney Stories

15. Despicable Me

16. Sister Act

17. Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs

18. The Greatest Showman

19. Lapu-Lapu

20. Toy Story

21. (Unknown)

22. Aladin

These groups are composed of employees from different Department Offices in the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

The Verdict

Well, everyone performed well and their Costumes are Superbly made with all efforts! It was amazing. And they were all winners. Awards were given to those who excelled per Category:

  • Best Execution to those whose performances emphasized their theme “Sharing the Love and Happiness”. 
  • Most Innovative to those who performed new style and techniques.
  • Most Spirited to those who were Jolly and Energetic while executing their performances.

There were also special awards given individually to those with remarkable performance that actually carried their Group. (We will be updating this upon uploads of Official Photos of the Event.)

But most of all, It was successful as everyone performed, participated and enjoyed as I did.

So again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the employees of the Provincial Government of Benguet headed by Governor Cresencio Pacalso. Mabuhay Kayo! And Thank you for the Invitation.

La Trinidad ACDVs are Among Cordillera’s Best Volunteer Groups in 2018

Today, the La Trinidad Accredited Community Disaster Volunteers (ACDV) was Appreciated by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and National Selection Committee of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers in the Philippines. The appreciation is in recognition of their commendable service, dedication, and Commitment to Volunteering for Development. In fact, they were Nominated to the National Level Search as the best Not-for-profit organization in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Awarding Ceremony

The Certificate was handed over by the Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairperson, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and was received by ACDV representative Glenn Awal, today at the Mansion House, Baguio City.

ACDV Backgrounder

The ACDV are rendering volunteer services in the Municipality of La Trinidad and is a partner of the La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Their focus is on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Training and Response (during Emergencies and Disasters). They are guided by their motto “we don’t teach, we share” and are composed of individuals with exemplary skills and knowledge in different fields. (Check their Official Facebook Account Here for more details.)

Congratulations and More Power. May you Continue to be the best volunteers in the Cordillera Region, and the entire Philippines soon.

Cordilleran Igorots in Awe of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

The whole of the Igorot Community is Proud and Happy to Congratulate the Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. I saw it in many Facebook Posts earlier. She does deserve it!

photo by abs-cbn.com

Aside from her beauty, her Patriotism and Intelligence Quantity spoke a lot in the Pageant. Her answers to the questions were on point. And I derived #marijuanause + #tondomanila = Miss Universe 2018.

The Final Question

“What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”

Amazingly, she held on to her game plan of serving the poor and pointed out her experience working in Tondo, Manila: “I work a lot in slums of Tondo, Manila. And the life there is very… it’s poor and it’s very sad. And I always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty of the faces of the Children and to be Grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smile on their faces.”

Why Igorots Love her

Her Ifugao “Inabel” (weaved) inspired Filipiniana Skirt triggered most of it. She was the only Icon who wore such for an International Event who is not actually from the Cordillera. Isn’t that amazing for us Cordilleran? And maybe she was inspired by Visiting the Batad, Ifugao and Sagada.

photo by @Catriona_gray Instagram

Then her National Costume below depicts a lot of Igorot Culture. The tattoos of Buscalan, Kalinga and her hair dress beads are very familiar. One that the Igorots use.

In addition, some news and articles have said that Catriona’s Boyfriend Clint Bondad is a half Igorot. Thus, She loves Igorots too. 🙂

Thank you Miss Catriona Gray! We are proud to be a Filipino once more! You inspired the whole nation! and the Cordilleras! Mabuhay ka!

Badekbek: A Sulfuric Hot Spot for You

Badekbek Hot Spring

The earth is boiling inside. It is evidenced by the boiling surface as shown in the photo. The Locals call it “Badekbek”. It means Bubbling due to Boiling.

When I was younger, this Badekbek was not alone. I mean, there was not one boiling surface then. There was at least three. One which was ten meters away from the other. And One which was located at the other side of the Mountain.

But the two holes merged and became this huge one. It is still not as steady. Lately, it was observed to be creating a wider opening.

It is Hot at Boiling Point. There were victims who accidentally slipped their foot on the opening and got amputated. And animals like cows drown and vanish. It can even cook eggs in an instant.

Badekbek sidelines with Visitors

 Wonder

It is a wonder! You cannot see such just anywhere. That wide earth opening with boiling mud in it is found only in Badekbek. And it cures skin disease too. When the mud cools down, you can use it as an ointment for your skin. It is a natural Sulfur.

But Expect it to have that smell too. Accordingly, some visitors describe it as if it is a rotten egg.

Location

Badekbek is located at the Mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines. The Barangay is Called Daklan, which is a part of Bokod Municipality,  Benguet Province.

Most tourists gets to pass by it after a trip to Mount Pulag because it is near Ambangeg – (the gateway to Mt Pulag). No fees are collected when you want to see this wonder. You may also want to pass by the  Ambuklao Dam after.

It is also a good spot for photo shoots. I was able to profile candidates of a Local Pageant here with the Badekbek as a background.

KCP wins Talaw: Dancing with Lights made fun

The first-ever dance competition in La Trinidad on a Christmas Season has been concluded just now with First Prize winner taking home 25,000 pesos Cash.

Thanks to the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of the La Trinidad Local Government Unit, the event was a success.

King’s College of the Philippines High School claimed the 1st place. The Pico Church of the Nazarene took the 2nd place with 20,000 cash while Eastern La Trinidad National HS and Benguet National HS Alno annex were awarded 3rd and 4th place respectively.

The dance competition showcased the talents of High School Students in Dancing while equipped with lights or props with lights in line with the Christmas Season.

There are so many things that this event brought. When you missed it today, watch out for it next Christmas Season.

Talaw Dance Contest mechanics

Kalasag is at La Trinidad after 20 years

On December 04, 2018, the Gawad Kalasag is finally delivered to its new home La Trinidad, 20 years after it was initiated in 1998.

Kalasag is a local term for the warrior’s shield as a protection from some attackers. Today, it is a prestigious award, It signifies the idea: ‘KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan’.


Gawad Kalasag is given to recognize those who are committed to implementing significant Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Projects and Activities including the provision of Humanitarian Response and assistance to affected communities.


La Trinidad’s first attempt of gaining such recognition was on the 16th Gawad Kalasag in 2014. It was a first time to be validated by the National Validating Team and it was not easy as documents are quite unfamiliar that time. We were roasted and awarded the Third Placer.

Realizing the lesson of the past Gawad Kalasag, we thought we need to do a lot better for the next years. And while doing so, Our 17th Gawad Kalasag in 2015 did not make it in the Nationals.


In 2016, we redeemed the lost after implementing programs in-line with the Gawad Kalasag Checklist. The La Trinidad MDRRMC was once again visited by the National Validation Team. It was never easy, they placed us Second to the Municipality of Hinatuan during the 18th Gawad Kalasag Awarding.

While improving even more, we saw the loopholes and fixed them. So that in the 19th Gawad Kalasag, we expected to be the First Placer. However, the result was the otherwise. We are still Second. We know, there’s a lot more to do.

And today, it is ours. The 20th Gawad Kalasag is now in the Books, awarded to the people of the Municipality of La Trinidad. And it would have not been possible without everyone’s participation and help. Thank you very much.


Let this serve as an inspiration for us to do more for our goal of making La Trinidad a Disaster Resilient Municipality.


Award tayo amin daytuy akas maysa nga ili. Salamat kenyayu amin.